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2013 National Media Awards…

IMC introduces new categories

The Independent Media Commission (IMC) on Friday announced that the 2013 National Media Awards ceremony will be held on 25 April 2014 with the venue yet to be confirmed.

Speaking during the launch of the awards, acting Chairperson of the Commission, Augustine Garmoh, stated that journalists will have the chance of winning awards in thirty-one (31) categories as against 25 in the 2012 awards ceremony.

He disclosed that they have included ‘Best Parliamentary Reporting’ as well as best reports on HIV/AIDS, Environment, Mining and Extractives, Corruption, Business and the Private Sector and Arts, Culture and Entertainment into the award categories.

He noted that journalists wishing to apply for any of the aforementioned categories must be a registered and fully paid up member of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), and that their articles and stories must have been published from January 1, 2013 to November 30, 2013.

“Deadline for the submission of all entries will be Friday 21 March 2014. Guest Columnists/Writers as well as Producers of radio/TV programmes are eligible to apply. Journalists will be allowed to enter one story per category,” he explained.

Commissioner Garmoh commended the sponsors for their decision to support the commission’s flagship programme, while encouraging journalists to send in entries.

Also speaking, Vice President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Stanley Bangura Jr., pledged his association’s unflinching support towards the success of the event, adding, “We are happy to be part of this epoch-making media awards ceremony.”

He challenged all journalists to rise up to the occasion by winning award(s) during the ceremony, noting that the IMC National Media Awards is in line with the SLAJ executive’s agenda for specialization in the journalism profession.

Representatives from the Sierra Leone Reporters Union (SLRU), Veteran Journalists Union (VEJU), Guild of Editors and Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) assured the IMC of their fullest support towards the success of the event.